Jim Lewis, Consulting Partner, Academic Advancement Partners

Jim Lewis

Vice President for Advancement (Retired)

Texas Wesleyan University

Jim Lewis held institutional advancement leadership roles for more than 30 years across a wide range of institutions. He retired in 2020 as Vice President for Advancement at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, where he served since 2014. He previously served the University of Texas at Arlington as Vice President for Development from 2008 to 2014, Austin College in Sherman, Texas as Vice President for Advancement from 1995 to 2008, and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi as Vice President for Development from 1989 to 1995.


Jim has been actively engaged throughout his career as a volunteer, speaker and mentor through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  He currently serves on the CASE International Board and has had numerous roles with CASE District IV including serving as Board Chair and Conference Chair. In recognition of his service to the fundraising profession, he was honored in 2016 by the Greater Dallas AFP Chapter with their Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award and in 2017 by CASE District IV with the Distinguished Achievement Award.


Jim began his fundraising career at Southern Methodist University, where he earned an M.B.A. He also attended East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University – Commerce), where he earned B.S. and M.A. degrees.